11/14/2009 12:00AM

Tougher test for Hot Cha Cha

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Hot Cha Cha wins the Queen Elizabeth II at Keeneland in October.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Somehow it doesn't seem fair. Hot Cha Cha just got done whipping a Grade 1 field of 3-year-old turf fillies for a $500,000 purse in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.

Four weeks later, Hot Cha Cha wheels back into what might be a more competitive - and certainly bigger - field as the likely lukewarm favorite Saturday at Churchill Downs in the Mrs. Revere Stakes, a Grade 2 race with a $175,000 purse.

"Boy, it's a good group, isn't it?" asked trainer Phil Sims, who sent out Hot Cha Cha to a 4 1/2-length score in a field of seven in the Oct. 17 QE II. "Some real nice fillies top to bottom, and a full field, too. We'll just have to run another big one."

Hot Cha Cha, with Jimmy Graham back from New Orleans to ride, will start from post 7 in the 19th Mrs. Revere, a 1 1/16-mile turf race that anchors a Saturday card as the ninth of 10 races. In all, 17 fillies are on the program, although only as many as 14 can start.

The depth of the Mrs. Revere field is reflected not only in numbers, but quality. The lineup includes Miss World, winner of the Grade 1 Garden City two starts back at Belmont Park; Bluegrass Princess, winner of a division of the Valley View at Keeneland; Romacaca, second as the favorite to Hot Cha Cha in the Pucker Up in September; and a talented trio from the Ken McPeek barn.

Hot Cha Cha, bred and owned by Nelson McMakin, will be making her final start of 2009, as is likely the case for most of the field.

"She'll get a little farm time after this, then we'll bring her back on the Polytrack and get her ready for next year," said Sims, who is based at Keeneland.

The Mrs. Revere is part of Ladies 100,000 Commonwealth Turf, will be run here Sunday. Get Stormy, winner of the Bryan Station at Keeneland last month, has returned from New York to be among a field of 10.